Clinical supervision in the 21st century has become an essential practice for helping professions worldwide. Although a universally agreed definition or understanding of clinical supervision remains elusive, all helping professionals from nurses to teachers unequivocally agree that clinical supervision is an important aspect of their professional practice landscape. Clinical supervision is based on a trusting relationship that aims to provide a safe emotional space in which supervisees can discuss their professional work-related concerns. The process aims to empower supervisees through guided reflection that is learner-centred and learner-led, and holds the trusting relationship at the heart of clinical supervision.
• people •
The Australian Clinical Supervision Association recognises that the term, ‘clinical supervision’ is used in various ways, and sometimes even incorrectly. Our aim here is to clarify generic clinical supervision as a clinical practice that is reflective, in its own right, and to celebrate both its core skills and specialised differences between all the helping professions. Our mission is to promote a vision of generic clinical supervision skills, practices, and processes that are contractual, confidential, relationship-based and reflective. We, therefore, offer an alternative to direct ‘on the job’ or ‘point of practice’ supervision in that clinical supervision takes place in protected time and a private space away from the immediate clinical area.
• passion •
We recommend that clinical supervisors seek and achieve education and training in this specialty role, according to best practice principles of supervision and of education, training, and facilitation. We believe that potential clinical supervisees also need to be prepared and educated for their role of clinician-supervisee. We hope that, in the future, we as an association, will be in a position to accredit currently practicing and future practicing clinical supervisors for this role. We are currently involved in a research project to ascertain the viability of a generic clinical supervision assessment tool that can be used to evaluate clinical supervisors’ skills, knowledge, and capacities – all are indispensable to the art and craft of clinical supervision.
• purpose •